Eagles Closeout Draft Weekend With A Bang
The Philadelphia Eagles had a very successful draft weekend deep in the heart of Texas. Following an Epic speech by David Akers, the team selected tight end Dallas Goedert. Day three of the draft was the Eagles busiest where they made four selections. Those picks included defensive end Josh Sweat, cornerback Avante Maddox, tackle Matt Pryor and tackle Jordan Mailata from Australia.
As the draft came to a close the Eagles continued to make key moves. The Undrafted Free Agent signings can often turn out to be key contributors to a successful team. Look no further than running back Corey Clement and tight end Trey Burton. After making the team Clement went on to play a key role in the Eagles backfield rotation. Burton will go down in NFL history for the Philly Special. The Eagles signed several players following draft weekend a few of which have a chance to play a key role for the Super Bowl champions.
Hard Hitting Safety Jeremy Reaves
Defensive back Jeremy Reaves was a prospect the Eagles showed a lot of interest in during the pre-draft process. Reaves was one of the Eagles 30 prospects that visited on pre-draft visits. The South Alabama safety is a perfect fit for Jim Schwartz defense. He played cornerback for the Jaguars before switching to safety in 2017. Reaves was very productive during his four years down south. He finished his career with 301 tackles, eight interceptions eight forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. With the Eagles losing Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham to free agency the 2017 Sun Belt Conference player of the year can provide the team with depth and has an excellent chance to crack the 53 man roster.
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Notre Dame Running Back Josh Adams
A lot of Eagles fans were surprised when the team passed on Derrius Guice at picks number 32 and 49. There were also some rumors that the team could draft Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough. However, the team chose to wait until after the draft to address their backfield. In three years at Notre Dame, Adams finished his career with 480 carries for 3201 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also chipped in as a receiver with 41 catches, 336 yards, and two touchdowns. At 6’2 225 with 4.48 speed Adams has an enticing skill set that the Eagles can put to use.
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Georgia State Cornerback Chandon Sullivan
After drafting Maddox the Eagles continued to add to their secondary by signing cornerback Chandon Sullivan. Sullivan was outstanding on the field as well as in the classroom at Georgia State. He leaves Georgia State as the programs all-time interception leader with seven and the leader in pass breakups with 18. In 2017 he earned third-team all-Sun Belt honors and at the combine ran a 4.6 forty time. In the classroom, Sullivan was named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy which is better known as the academic Heisman with a 3.84 GPA. The Georgia State corner will compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Nice coverage downfield by Chandon Sullivan and Levi Wallace. No wonder Allen was forced to scramble so much on that drive. These guys looking fiesty while glued to their man. pic.twitter.com/dMrl2eST7C
— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValenciaBF) January 30, 2018
Nations Sack Leader Central Michigan Defensive End Joe Ostman
The rich get richer as the Eagles add another pass rusher to the mix. Ostman had a dominant season for the Chippewas in 2016 as he finished with 69 tackles, 13.5 for loss and 8 sacks. He also added four forced fumbles. His season earned him First-team All-MAC honors. That momentum carried over into his senior season as he finished with 60 tackles and 13 sacks. Ostman would lead all of Division 1 in sacks.The Eagles gain another body along an already stacked defensive line.
Joel Ostman can play! pic.twitter.com/7tMQxtZ1M2
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 29, 2018
Purdue Versatile linebacker Danny Ezechukwu
Ezechekwu will provide depth to the linebacking core. Mychal Kendricks remains with the Eagles but it was a little shocking to see the team not select a linebacker. During his time with the Boilermakers, Danny E displayed versatility playing all along the front seven. He played Middle Linebacker, outside linebacker and was an edge rusher. In four seasons he racked up 216 tackles and 16 sacks.
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) October 14, 2017
UDFA Complete List
It was overall a successful draft weekend for the Super Bowls champions. It will be interesting to see which players stand out as the offseason continues. Below are all the players who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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— Pro Sports Notes: Eagles (@PSN_Eagles) April 29, 2018